Republicans Talk Amnesty, Slip in Polls

Republicans Talk Amnesty, Slip in Polls

It seemed like it was finally happening. Republicans were surging in the polls. Our objective was clear in slight. Victory seemed all but certain, as long as they didn’t go and shoot themselves in the feet. Oh, look at that, Republicans started talking about amnesty for illegal immigrants. And just like that, Democrats go from +3 on the Real Clear Politics generic congressional ballot (their lowest since May of last year) to +8 in less than week. Well done, GOP. Only you guys are capable of being this stupid.

This frustrating display can really demoralize people who would like to see Republicans control Congress. To make matters worse, it is expected that President Trump himself showed support for a “compromise” immigration bill by Speaker Paul Ryan, which would grant amnesty to more than 6 million people when chain migration is taken into account, according to Breitbart’s Neil Munro. This news came shortly after the White House issued a correction when Trump said he wouldn’t sign such legislation, leaving some Republicans in disbelief. This wouldn’t be the first time Trump got rolled by his own team, If you recall, Trump intended to veto the omnibus bill back in March but a lone staffer informed him that he would get bad press if he did so. This, of course, prompted Trump to sign the bill so he could go golfing in Mar-A-Lago without an optics problem.

One might think: “Oh screw it, maybe these Republicans deserve to lose.” The truth is simple, it is our fault. We’re the ones who don’t speak up and keep voting them in because they’re “better than the Democrats” or some such nonsense. It’s essential that from now on, especially if you live in a competitive district, we make our voice be heard and send a clear message to Washington that we will not tolerate another amnesty. We have to be willing to primary vulnerable Republicans who are weak on immigration. It is far more important to cleanse the Republican caucus of immigration doves than it is to have stronger numbers. The goal must be to reshape the Republican Party, not to preserve it for the sake of handing Trump a win. Because of this, some will probably have to vote for the third party or independent candidates. Our best hope for the end of this year is to hold on to the House majority while having only hardliners remain.

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